For the last two week we learned about two fruits that seem very similar, the apple and the pear. We had a lot of fun learning about both of them. When we studied the apple, we looked at the different colors, compared tastes, explored the parts of the apple, made apple juice and apple sauce, and even read a story about a star being inside of an apple. The story about the star in the apple was great because it was a build up to where you can find a star. When the teacher cut the apple in half and showed the children the star, all of the children yelled, "Oh my gosh!".
Every week on Friday we either do an activity in the garden or one with food. For apples we decided to make apple juice. They were super excited about making the apple juice and sauce on their own and they repeated the ingredients over and over again out loud because they wanted to make sure and remember so they could tell their parents. When we started talking about pears the following week, they were again surprised at how many colors pears are and we discussed how the texture of the pear was different than the apple.
For our nature study we learned about bees and the moon over the last two weeks. They worked on a few crafts where they made a bee from toilet paper tubes and they looked at different colored moons in a library book and drew their version of a moon in a color they liked. One of their biggest questions was, "How can we see the moon during the day?" and "Why are all of the bees outside girls?" One of the neater things that happened in regards to bees, was that we were lucky to have a few mason bees visit us in our class that we ended up relocating outside. They had fun trapping them in jars, observing them up close, and them letting them go outside. One of the bees was not moving much so we gave it some water and they were able to watch it go straight to a flower for some nectar and pollen before it flew off several minutes later. They were bursting with excitement over the entire ordeal. When we studied bees we talked about how we could help them by planting more flowers. All of the kids took home a packet of Native Texas wildflower seeds to plant. We made sure to plant some more at the school.
Below are some photos of some of the vegan meals we have enjoyed.